Don’t Miss: Ed Atkins Performance Capture

Performance Capture will be an exhibition, a studio and a singular document of MIF15. Taking place at Manchester Art Gallery over the course of the Festival, the exhibition will provide a unique and reflexive insight into the production of a computer-generated moving image work.


Performance Capture takes its name from a process that records, maps and renders the movements of a performer on to a computer-generated figure, an avatar who performs as the digital double for the performer — in this case, performers of every stripe from the MIF15 programme.

The exhibition, curated by Ed Atkins, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Alex Poots, will be laid out as stages of a production process, leading from one to another across three rooms at the gallery.

Performances by MIF artists are captured onto computer, digitally modelled, cut and soundtracked, and then screened in a perpetual cinema of the ever-accumulating rushes of the footage. Each part of the process will be open to visitors both as behind-the-scenes exposition and exhibition; an examination and ambivalent exemplar of contemporary
image production.

Ed Atkins in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist Sat 11 July, 2pm, Manchester Art Gallery
Free / Ticket required This event is now sold out

Curators tour with audio description Thursday 9 July, 10.30 – 12pm
With Natasha Howes, Curator at MAG and Anne Hornsby, audio describer
Free / No ticket required

Tour in British Sign Language Sunday 12 July,3-4pm Led by Jennifer Little.
Free / No ticket required

Manchester International Festival MIF 2nd – 19th July

About Mark Westall

Mark Westall is the founder and editor of FAD magazine, a curation of the world’s most interesting culture, and Creative Director of FAD Agency, a strategy & creative agency working with brands to solve business problems using cultural tools. In 2008 following his passion for art he founded what has grown to become FAD magazine. FAD magazine is internationally recognized as a key figure within the emerging and contemporary art world, and has been selected as official partner by organizations as diverse as Moniker Art Fair, START, Volta and Christie’s. In addition Mark is a columnist for City Magazine.